Pulling well pumps may be necessary for various reasons, such as maintenance, repair, or replacement. Here’s a guide on how to pull a well pump:
- Prepare and Gather Tools: Before starting the process, gather the necessary tools and equipment, including a pump-pulling unit or rig, wrenches, pipe cutters, wire cutters, and a bucket. Ensure you have a clear understanding of your well system and its components.
- Shut Off Power and Water: Disconnect the power supply to the well pump by switching off the circuit breaker. Locate the main water shutoff valve and close it to prevent water from flowing into the system. Open a nearby faucet to relieve any pressure in the pipes.
- Disconnect Pipes and Wires: Carefully remove the pipes and wires that connect the well pumps to the plumbing system. Use wrenches to loosen and disconnect the pipe fittings. Label or take note of the wire connections.
- Use the Pump Pulling Unit: Attach the pump pulling unit or rig to the well casing. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for securing the unit and attaching it to the pump. Slowly and carefully lift the pump from the well, ensuring it clears the casing without damaging the components.
- Inspect and Perform Maintenance: Once the pump is out of the well, inspect it for any signs of damage or wear. Clean the pump and check for any clogs or debris. If necessary, perform maintenance or repairs on the pump before reinstalling or replacing it.